Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/18/10 at 11:43 PM ET
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The losses still hurt Josh Bailey. Watching the Islanders, his Islanders, on television rather than being in the middle of it all doesn’t take away much of the frustration.
“The last couple of games I was there,” he says, “it felt like going into the game that it was David vs. Goliath. That’s a terrible mindset to have and it takes time to break out of that. You need to slowly regain your confidence after that, but it’s frustrating . . . You can just feel it, even when you’re not there.”
But playing hockey is fun again for Bailey, the 21-year-old former first-round draft pick who had, until Nov. 24, known nothing but the NHL in his professional career. He’s got five goals and 14 points in nine games for Bridgeport, which is 5-1-3 in the games Bailey’s played.
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